Carrot Seed Essential Oil (Daucus carota)
It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the seeds.
Carrot seed oil comes from the seeds of the Daucus carota plant. It has a sweet scent. It has calming and antiseptic effects.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil is primarily used for its therapeutic applications within skin care. It is especially heralded and prized for its ability to nurture mature and damaged skin.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil is generally not appreciated for its aroma. Some consider it a little unpleasant, especially when evaluating the aroma at full strength. However, its aroma is mild when blended with other essential oils and nourishing carrier oils.
- Aroma Description: Carrot Seed Essential Oil smells earthy, woody and warm. It is considered harsh/unpleasant by some.
- Botanical Family: Apiaceae
- Botanical Genus: Daucus
- Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenes, Sesquiterpenols
- Major Compounds: Carotol, a-Pinene, Dauca-4,8-diene, B-Caryophyllene, (E)-Dauc-8-en-4B-ol
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Consistency: Thin - Medium
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium - Strong
- Color: Golden Yellow
- Indigenous Country: Germany
- Cultivation: Unsprayed
- Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
- Part Typically Used: Seeds
- Shelf Life: Undefined
- Not recommended or safe if pregnant or nursing
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Therapeutic Benefits of Carrot Seed:
Anti-aging Anti-anxiety Anti-fungal Anti-infectious Anti-inflammatory Anti-oxidant Carminative Cicatrisant Cooling Depurative Diuretic Emmenagogic Liver Supporter Vermifuge Wound healing
Other Uses for Carrot Seed:
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Carrot Seed:
Don't use carrot seed oil during pregnancy.
Tisserand and Young indicate that Carrot Seed Oil is contraindicated in pregnancy and breastfeeding and that it may interfere with gestation. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 233.]
Safety Precautions for Carrot Seed:
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.